It is against the constitution to prohibit people from pursuing their own happiness. Meaning, it is our human right whether we want to smoke pot, have a drink, or smoke a cigarette. I am not in favor of cigarettes, or alcohol, because it harms the body, however I would not take that right away from someone. That's what freedom is entitled to and when Prop 19 didn't pass the government took our freedom even more. Luckily, almost half the people voted YES, therefore it will be offered again in the 2012 election.
But this wasn't my entire point for this post.
In 1912, Alfred Wegener proposed the idea of continental drifts. His theory meant continents were slowly drifting around the Earth. He could not prove this theory, but spent his life trying. In 1931, he may have had a heart failure and passed away. He was 50 years old. Wegener's theory was not accepted until the 1950s.
This made me think about pot.
For so many years, people have devoted their lives to prove a noble cause, ideas, things worth fighting for, like gay marriage (Harvey Milk), and most of the time it doesn't become acknowledged till after they've died. Most of the time, you die fighting for what you believe in. You could be protesting something this very moment and it have no significance until 2090.
It made me feel discouraged, like hope no longer existed if you could promote something life-changing, but a healthy change, and it not even succeed in your lifetime. Is that enough reason to give in and let life be as is?
What would have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't show up to the March on Washington in 1963, where he delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Any man, woman, or child from the Atlantic slave trade would have never imagined a Free land. I am not saying everything happens for a reason, I am saying we make that reason. After all, it is up to ourselves to educate one another and bring peace in the world.
So I say, there is hope. There's hope for the future because there's always the opportunity for one person to make a sincere difference even when the odds are high. Don't give up on what you believe in, whether it happens now, or later. Every move you make and every comment you speak impacts our nation, changes those around you, and it could either hurt us, or help us. The future is in your hands.